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Organisers want to move golf event date

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

NEXT year's Fiji International is likely to be played in October at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.

This will allow the organisers to increase the field to 156. This year's event is restricted to 120 golfers because of the daylight hours.

The 14-month gap from now on until then will also give them more time to prepare better.

PGA of Australia chief executive officer Brian Thorburn said they had learnt valuable lessons organising the major event in the country for the first time.

Thorburn said the tournament would grow bigger in years to come.

"This year the dates are clashing with the Hibiscus festival," Thorburn said.

"There are also a few championships around us. Next year we are most likely to play it in October.

"So we will have a 14-month gap between this one and the next one. We have learnt some lessons as well. Golf tournaments are not new to Fiji but at this magnitude this is new to us for organising this level of competition.

"But with all the experience under our belt, we will be able to do it more efficiently.

"So next year we will grow much bigger. With extra daylight we will have a bigger field.

"We want to play the tournament with 156 golfers, because this time of the year and hours of daylight we can only get 120 golfers.

"We started late to get this tournament running. We only had six to eight months to get rolling and only four months to sign the contracts."

Meanwhile certain players have been paid appearance fees to feature in the tournament.

Thorburn said the appearance fees was a confidential matter.

"Those matters we keep confidential and don't disclose," he said.

"But we do pay some appearance fees, but we won't disclose to whom and how much."

Appearance fees are money paid to professional golfers just to show up and play in a tournament. So the golfer is guaranteed the amount even if he or she misses the cut.





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